Gov. Perry Designates May 4-12 as Texas Travel and Tourism Week

May 01, 2013, 10:06 ET from Texas Tourism

AUSTIN, Texas, May 1, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- In recognition of Texas' dynamic travel and tourism industry and its important contributions to the state economy, Gov. Rick Perry has designated May 4-12 as Texas Travel and Tourism Week in conjunction with National Travel and Tourism Week.

"Texas Travel and Tourism Week gives cities and towns across the Lone Star State the opportunity to highlight the important economic impact and benefits of travel and tourism in their communities," Texas Tourism Director Brad Smyth said. "Texas Travel and Tourism Week is also the perfect opportunity to remind Texans to explore the many exciting attractions our state has to offer."

To celebrate and encourage travel in Texas, the Governor's Division of Economic Development and Tourism, in partnership with the Texas Historical Commission, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Texas Department of Transportation, Texas Commission on the Arts and Texas Department of Agriculture, is launching the Travel Matters in Texas Sweepstakes, an interactive social media promotion, on May 4. The promotion will run through Texas Travel and Tourism Week, and will feature a series of fun giveaways to inspire Texans to explore their state's many vacation offerings. For more information on the Travel Matters in Texas Sweepstakes, please visit between May 4-12.

Texas continues to be a premier destination for domestic and international travelers, and tourism is one of the state's largest and most essential industries. Travel spending in Texas totaled an estimated $65 billion in 2012, an increase of 6% over 2011 and the highest level of travel spending recorded to date. This directly supported 564,000 jobs across several industries, including leisure and hospitality, transportation, retail trade, services, finance, real estate, construction and insurance, and generated nearly $4.4 billion in local and state taxes.

For more details about Texas Travel and Tourism Week activities statewide and about the economic impact of travel in Texas, please visit

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